Radio: The Life Story of a Technology (Greenwood Technographies Series) / Edition 1

Radio: The Life Story of a Technology (Greenwood Technographies Series) / Edition 1

by Brian Regal
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313331677

ISBN-13: 9780313331671

Pub. Date: 09/28/2005

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

This book chronicles the history of radio as technology and as media. Radio grew from a clumsy, temperamental form of wireless telegraph to a system that is so ubiquitous and easy to use that it has disappeared to users as a technology and became part of the fabric of human existence. This biography charts the growth of the technical end of radio, starting with the

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This book chronicles the history of radio as technology and as media. Radio grew from a clumsy, temperamental form of wireless telegraph to a system that is so ubiquitous and easy to use that it has disappeared to users as a technology and became part of the fabric of human existence. This biography charts the growth of the technical end of radio, starting with the history of electricity, and moving through the invention of vacuum tubes, the heterodyne, FM, transistors, and microchips. But the history of radio is not just wires and electricity—it's the story of strange characters, deep thinkers, visionary mystics, hyperactive minds, ambitious souls, power hungry demagogues, and utopian humanists; all of whom strove to make radio into what they thought it should be.

In addition, Radio: The Life Story of a Technology looks at the technology as a cultural phenomenon, including the corporate aspects and history of the business of radio. In the middle of the 20th century people saw that radio could be used as an agent of social change, both good and bad. The transition of radio from private corporate device to public news provider to entertainment box back to political tool is at the heart of this work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313331671
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Series:
Greenwood Technographies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Series Foreword

Introduction

Timeline

The Ancestry of Radio

Radio is Born

Plastic and Transistors

Private to Public

The Cultural Juggernaut

Haranguers, Listeners, and Howard Stern

Did video kill the radio star?

Glossary

Bibliography

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